‘It’s a great feeling to be part of a family like this’ – Thomas Partey sends message to fans as he speaks out on Arsenal move

first_imgThe 27-year-old will link up with his new team-mates when he returns from international duty with Ghana, and admitted he has been taken aback by the love he has received from fans over his move.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1/1 by Metro Partey is delighted to be joining Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Thomas Partey has thanked Arsenal fans for their overwhelmingly positive reaction to him making the switch to the Emirates Stadium and says it’s a ‘great feeling’ to be part of the Gunners family.The midfielder completed a deadline day move from Atletico Madrid to Arsenal as the north London club activated his £45 million release clause.Partey was Mikel Arteta’s priority transfer target this summer and arrives with a wealth of experience having spent five seasons in Atletico’s first team. Skip Ad PLAY ‘Hello, Gunners, thanks so much for the love, for the messages I’ve received,’ Partey said in a message on Arsenal’s Twitter account.‘I can’t wait to be part of you guys, I can’t wait to join team.‘It’s a great feeling to be part of a family like this. Read More Read More Video Settings deadline day move to West Ham Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 5:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.5kShares Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected About Connatix V67539 Top articlescenter_img Read More Read More 1 min. story Skip The midfielder will wear the No.18 shirt (Picture: Getty Images)‘Thanks so much to everyone for the love, I feel so grateful and so amazed to be part of you.‘I can’t wait to join you guys and don’t forget, no Thomas, no Partey.’Arteta was keen to add Partey as he felt his side were a little short in the middle of the park, and speaking to the club’s official website, the Spanish boss praised the midfielder’s character and technical abilities. ‘We identified him a few months ago and we have been following his progress, and obviously the more you know about the squad, you know more about where you think you can improve it,’ Arteta told the club’s official website.‘We believe he has the right qualities, with his character and his personality and as well with his technical qualities and positional options that he can give to the team.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I think he allows us to play different formations and he can fit in within those formations in different positions, which is a really good thing to have in a squad where, in midfield, I think we were a little bit short.‘I have a few things in mind that I want to start to train with the team and [Partey’s signing] is going to give us a little bit more adaptability and more balance in defending and attacking transitions and the way we have to set up certain structures to attack better in certain moments of the game.’MORE: Edu explains why Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira wanted to leave ArsenalMORE: Edu reveals how Arsenal’s owners reacted to Thomas Partey transfer moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page SPONSORED Coming Next Full Screen Advertisement / Comment Read More ‘It’s a great feeling to be part of a family like this’ – Thomas Partey sends message to fans as he speaks out on Arsenal move Advertisementlast_img read more

The Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) Launched in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

first_img Share Share LocalNews The Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) Launched in St. Vincent and the Grenadines by: – July 1, 2011 By: Dr. Julian (Jules) FerdinandPhoto credit: caribbean360.com“As an investment, Early Childhood Development programmes boast the highest rate of return on investment.”Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI) brochure.The Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) was launched at the Prime Minister’s Residence on Monday, June 27th, 2011.  Approximately one hundred private and public sector representatives from throughout the CARICOM region attended the event. Dr. Morella Joseph, the Programme Manager, Human Resource Development, at the Caribbean Community Secretariat, delivered the opening prayer.  Following this, the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Band played the national anthem.  The audience then heard remarks from the FDCC’s Chairman, Dr. Didacus Jules; the Executive Director at the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Mrs. Lisa Jordan; and Mr. Tom Olsen, Resident Resident Representative at UNICEF’s Eastern Caribbean office.  The Honourable Frederick Stephenson, Minister of National Mobilisation, Social Development, Youth, Sports and Culture of St. Vincent and the Grenadines delivered the feature address.  Dr. Julian Ferdinand, an FDCC Director, was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s activities and Mr. Milton Lawrence, FDCC’s Deputy Chairman, delivered the vote of thanks.Earlier in the day, many of the attendees had participated in a regional forum for health, education, social development and parenting support agencies that was held at the conference room of the National Insurance Service in Kingstown.  The forum’s focus is “Supporting the development of children zero to three – particularly the most vulnerable”.  The forum was sponsored by the Caribbean Community in partnership with the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI) Programme and the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with support from UNICEF, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Parenting Partners Caribbean (PPC) and the University of the West Indies, and runs from June 27th to June 30th. Several of the evening’s speakers referred to Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughan’s presentation during the morning session at the forum.  Professor Samms-Vaughan is the Professor of Child Health, Development and Behaviour at the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.  Her presentation was entitled “Scientific evidence for the critical importance of supporting development of children zero to three, particularly the most vulnerable”.  During this presentation she   showed, among other things, how the cognitive and social development of the infant can be impaired as a result of lack of “positive stimulation” in their early environment.  Her address provided ample evidence of the need for regional governments, the private sector and non-government organisations to intensify the collaborative approach in providing social safety nets for children at risk.  She noted that “every child deserves a good life”.  Her clarion call for support initiatives reinforces the wisdom in establishing the FDCC.In his remarks, Dr. Didacus Jules noted that widespread poverty in different Caribbean countries places many children at risk for development delays.  He noted that this is evidenced by lowered health status, problems with school readiness, cognitive delays, and socio-emotional problems during childhood.  He indicated that these problems often persist into adolescence where the negative outcomes are even more pronounced.  It is indicated that children from poor households show greater likelihood to drop out of school, become pregnant and engage in crime than those from a more privileged economic background.  He noted that recent empirical evidence from research conducted in Jamaica, Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica and St. Kitts & Nevis, confirm that children growing up in socially and economically disadvantaged communities, where they are exposed to the deleterious effects of poor or inadequate care environments, require the intervention work that the FDCC is committed to championing.In his presentation, Dr. Jules noted that the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI), which was established by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation in 2002, continues to do outstanding work in addressing issues relevant to poor parenting practices and inadequate cognitive stimulation of young children; especially those in the zero to three year cohort who live under difficult social and economic circumstances. He highlighted the significant positive impact of the Roving Caregivers Programme (RCP).  This initiative was started in Jamaica and introduced as a model in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  The RCP is an informal early childhood education programme that seeks to reach children birth to three years old who do not have access to any formal early childhood education.  The caregivers regularly visit home communities where they involve children in play activities that support their motor, perceptual, emotional and cognitive development.  In addition, the caregivers provide parents with suggestions about how best to promote children’s health, hygiene and safety.  The training in parental skills development is intensified when they hold regular parent education workshops aimed at highlighting parenting knowledge and skills.  To ensure the continuity of these noble initiatives, the CCSI has now transitioned to the FDCC; an institutional entity, a regional private foundation, where the private sector, NGOs and academia can supplement government’s role to provide quality early childhood development support services – in the interest of all our children; committed to giving our children the foundation they deserve en route to a more accomplished life.Persons desiring more information on the FDCC can visit its website at www.ccsi-info.org.Send comments, criticisms & suggestions to [email protected] Sharing is caring!center_img 95 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

Dodgers, Angels to recognize Juneteenth, close offices Friday

first_imgClayton Kershaw also released a statement via Twitter in which he committed himself to working to support racial equality.“Change starts with conversations – we have to be willing to listen and learn and enter into tough conversations, both with our Black brothers and sisters and with our white brothers and sisters,” Kershaw wrote. “Silence won’t cut it. We have to start by saying something and STANDING UP for our Black brothers and sisters. I want to listen, I want to learn, I want to do better and be different. I want my kids to be different.“Black lives matter and I am committed to taking a stand and (effecting) change – starting with myself.” The Dodgers and Angels will close their offices Friday in recognition of Juneteenth, which commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865.The Dodgers informed employees of the plan in an email Monday.“Please reschedule your meetings this Friday and use this time to create a space for reflection, action and engagement to advance racial equity. Most importantly, consider how each of us can continue to work together towards a better future.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more